Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysia. When dining at local restaurants, it’s common to use your hands to scoop up the curry, which can often leave yellowish stains on your nails.

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Cleaning your nails after enjoying curry can be tough, but fear not, curry enthusiasts! This guide is here to help. We’ll explore some easy and effective techniques to banish those stubborn curry stains and restore your nails to their sparkling glory.




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Hairspray can come to your rescue if you want to eliminate those stubborn curry stains from your nails. Thanks to its alcohol content and other powerful solvents, it can effectively wipe away those unsightly marks.

Shraddha shared this cool technique on her Instagram that makes everything so much easier!

  1. Apply a light mist of hairspray onto the nails with stains.
  2. Leave the hairspray on your nails for a brief period, giving it a chance to sink in and get to work on those stains.
  3. Use a soft cloth or brush to gently wipe or scrub your nails. The hairspray should help lift off the curry stains.

Extra tip: After rinsing your nails with warm water, gently pat them dry with a towel. Apply moisturiser or cuticle oil to keep them hydrated and healthy.

Hand Sanitiser


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If you’re in a pinch and don’t have access to other stain removers, you can try using hand sanitiser.

Just dab a little on the spot, massage softly, and rinse with water. Don’t forget to hydrate your nails later, since hand sanitiser can dry them out.


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Acetone is a highly effective solvent that quickly breaks down stain molecules, making it easier to remove them from surfaces such as nails.

  1. Gather acetone-based nail polish remover and cotton balls or pad.
  2. Dip the cotton pad into the acetone and gently pat it onto the curry-stained nails, ensuring the entire stained area is covered.
  3. After removing the stains, make sure to rinse your nails completely with water to eliminate any leftover acetone residue.

If there’s nail polish on your nails, it’s advisable to apply the acetone selectively to the stained parts, minimising contact with the rest of the nail surface.

Rubbing Alcohol


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Rubbing alcohol is an excellent option for eliminating curry stains as well. When you apply it to the stained area, it effectively loosens the stain, making it simpler to remove without any leftover residue.

Grab a paper towel, soak it in rubbing alcohol, and then gently dab the stained nails. You’ll see results quickly!

UV Light


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Did you know that UV light can also help remove curry stains? Just place your nails under the UV lights for two minutes and you’ll be amazed at the magical results!

Removing curry stains from nails can be a challenging task, but with the right techniques and ingredients, it’s entirely achievable. You’ll be able to bid farewell to curry stains and enjoy beautifully clean nails once again.

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